Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana on Monday met 23 Sector Assam Rifles DIG, Brig. Vinod S in the wake of the recent spat between the home department and the paramilitary force over alleged violation of COVID19 protocol.
Officials said both the home minister and the DIG had a friendly interaction on the prevailing issue to settle the dispute amicably.
Lalchamliana told the DIG about the state government’s stand and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID19, said an official statement.
While citing that the state government has appreciated and acknowledged the contribution and efforts of Assam Rifles in curbing drugs, arms smuggling, and checking infiltration, Lalchamliana wished that better understanding and coordination exist perpetually between the state government and the force, the statement said.
He urged the DIG to refrain from baseless statements and to approach him to settle any misunderstanding or issue at the negotiating table.
The home minister said the safety protocols set by the government are not a sort of restrictions or restraints but meant for the safety of every citizen and urged Assam Rifles jawans to respect the protocols.
The Assam Rifles DIG told the home minister that the personnel of the paramilitary force have respected the COVID19 protocols enforced by the state government to prevent the spread of the virus.
He urged the people to refrain from spreading rumours, and posting “baseless” statements on social media.
DIG Viond also asked the people to make a complaint to him in case any personnel breach the law or misbehave with the local people so that the accused is booked and given exemplary punishment.
The Assam Rifles has been accused of violating COVID19 protocol when 15 personnel returning from Silchar allegedly refused to comply with entry and safety protocols and forced their way through a border gate at Vairengte on August 18.
However, Assam Rifles denied the allegations saying that they were denied not only medical screening but entry to the state against the MHA directions.